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But after picking up the Roberto Clemente Award at the World Series this week, he backed down from the comments that he would play for the rival Yankees _ the most incendiary a Red Sox player can utter.

“Of course, I would like to come back,” he said in St. Louis before Game 2 of the Series. “They have a lot of things going on right now. So once they go through all the stuff, GM and managing things, I think they’re going to start talking to the players.

“So, we’ll see. We’ve got time.”